Front Range Warlock
I honestly like the way 4e handled monsters. And now Orcus.
I did Granted, it was a LOT of manual typing (you can't just cut and paste from crappy PDFs), and I can't share it with anyone cuz I don't own the copyright (seriously, please don't IM me for it), but I still did it (so far pdf only). And I also put all the 1e monsters from Dragon magazine into one book, which is close to the same thing.There's three monster books in 1e - MM, FF, and MMII - and I'm constantly looking through more than one of them to find some monster or other as (except for the real basics) I can never remember which monster goes in which book. There's been dozens of monster books since, each introducing at least some new ones.
Put 'em all in one place - please!
All of those examples are monsters that you, I, and any other experienced DM have probably run dozens if not hundreds of times; and thus we've largely memorized what makes them tick.This is exactly why I went to a monster one sheet. I have level appropriate AC, HP, damage, saves, etc all in one place. I just use that and improv the actual monster description and abilities when necessary. I don't need to know exactly what the ogre's stats are from the MM2. I just describe the thing and give it a level and the corresponding stats. It's almost always close enough, i.e. within 5% either way. So much easier. I don't know about you, but I don't need to look up a goblin to see if they're officially wearing this armor or that, have a shield or no, or which weapons they're carrying. They get what I want them to have. I know that a dragon breathes fire and a beholder has various eye beams. The rest is details and more often than not the details don't matter.
That's fair; though new monsters could always be introduced in setting and-or adventure books, with full write-ups and stats given there.This will never happen though, because that would mean someone needs to write all the monster and than stop being creative and writing new ones.
Particiuarly if I'm writing an adventure out, I'm more "I want to put a sphinx in this room - where do I look to find its stats to I can wirte a short-form stat block into the module?"But your wish is fair, I rarely use monster books as reference books as in "I want to have a sphinx, in what book is it" for me its more like "ok what monster is fun and fits to the next session / campaign" and I just flip through it to get inspiration.
I'm really hoping to get away from having to have multiple books for this.But what might satisfy us both a bit is sorting the monsters in books like "scary monsters", "draconic" etc. so at least you should have a clue in what book to look for the one you are thinking of.
You can share it if you're not asking for money, or if you can't that's ridiculous and unenforceable.I did Granted, it was a LOT of manual typing (you can't just cut and paste from crappy PDFs), and I can't share it with anyone cuz I don't own the copyright (seriously, please don't IM me for it), but I still did it (so far pdf only). And I also put all the 1e monsters from Dragon magazine into one book, which is close to the same thing.
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That's not how copyright works. To preemptively avoid these conversations, Tim Kask gave me his blessing to do this for the IP he created, but explicitly stated I could not share without his permission.You can share it if you're not asking for money, or if you can't that's ridiculous and unenforceable.
Would that book have statblocks for every edition of the game?! You would need at least:If there's to be a new monster book, it's an opportunity to tighten up and consolidate the stats for all of them - as in, every monster D&D has ever had - in one place; specifically intended to make it easier for a DM to find and run any given creature during play. Leave the fluff and lore and fancy art for other books.